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June 20, 2024

Celebrating Housing Connect

For the past 10 years running the Housing Connect front door in Southern Tasmania our passionate team has helped support over 60,000 Tasmanians achieve their housing goals. This includes help…
June 17, 2024

Embarking on a new chapter to End Youth Homelessness

On June 30, Colony 47 will embark on a new chapter in its 50-year history helping Tasmanians overcome homelessness.  For the past 10 years we have been the State Government’s…
June 13, 2024

Tasmanians at increasing risk of falling into financial distress

The inaugural Financial Wellbeing in Tasmania Report from MyState Bank and Colony 47 reveals an increasing number of Tasmanians, including renters, young people and those living in the regions are…
May 20, 2024

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is being celebrated from 20-27 May 2024. And so, this week, we're reflecting on those who have volunteered with us over the last 12 months, our last…
May 1, 2024

Prevention always better than a cure

Family and domestic violence is a deeply ingrained issue that affects our families, our communities, and the fabric of our society. One-third of Australian teenagers aged 18-19 have experienced intimate…
April 29, 2024

Youth Week: Finding Connection through Street Art

Youth Week Tasmania is an important event on our calendar that takes place each April to celebrate the young people in our community. Each year the week provides a valuable…
April 26, 2024

Urgent strategy needed to address youth homelessness

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IS GETTING MORE COMPLEX AND WIDESPREAD, WRITES DIANNE UNDERWOOD Every night Tasmanian children are forced to face the cold, harsh night alone because they do not have a…
April 22, 2024

Eva’s story

Eva comes all the way from Queensland after moving to Tassie in 2019 to attend the University of Tasmania.​ Graduating during the middle of this year, Eva completed an English and Writing Degree and is…
March 25, 2024

Partnership Spotlight: Hydro Tasmania

For almost 11 years, our strong partnership with Hydro Tasmania has been in place to directly help the young women accommodated at Mara House. It allows for the provision of support beyond general day to day operations,…
February 26, 2024

The Mind Games welcome Colony 47 to the stage

We are in full preparation mode for The Mind Games 2024, a celebration of positive mental health, community, and teamwork, all with a healthy sprinkle of workplace fun!    Running…
February 22, 2024

Innovative partnership tackles youth homelessness 

Tasmania’s leading residential building company Wilson Homes has joined forces with us in an innovative partnership to address youth homelessness in Tasmania.    Our CEO, Dianne Underwood said the housing crisis…
January 22, 2024

Didi celebrates 20 years

Can you remember 2004? Well, looking back, these cool things happened:  Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room,  Google introduced free email service Gmail, Scrabble was introduced into…
January 15, 2024

Branching Out

During the 2022-23 year, we were successful in securing a grant through the Premier’s Fund for Children and Young People. We used this grant to fund our Branching Out project,…
January 10, 2024

Community Christmas Lunch 2023

While most people don't think about Christmas until the start of December, here at Colony 47 the buzz begins much earlier.  This year it began around March as we knew…
October 24, 2023

Bodhi’s story

Bodhi, born and raised in Tassie, is also part of the first cohort moving into our JumpStart share houses. Bodhi has also been struggling to find permanent accommodation for a…
October 17, 2023

Will’s story

Will, a Tasmanian local, moved to Queensland to finish school and then work with machinery, before deciding to move back to family when COVID was finally behind us. “Tasmania is…
October 5, 2023

David’s story

Born in Congo, David* grew up in Ethiopia before moving to Darwin as a teenager. After becoming sick of the heat, David and his brother came to visit Tasmania for…
October 2, 2023

Luke’s story

Luke, originally from South Australia, also lived in Queensland for 8 years before deciding to settle in Tasmania after falling in love with the lifestyle here. Another of the young…
September 25, 2023

Emily’s story

Emily is our very first JumpStart share house resident. Having heard about the program from her fill in WorkSkills case worker, Emily jumped at the chance to contact us and…
August 11, 2023


Listening: A Path to Solving the Housing Crisis The ongoing housing crisis in Tasmania has left an increasing number of individuals and families without a safe and affordable place to…
June 16, 2023

Giving young renters a JumpStart

Young Tasmanians are struggling more than ever to have a home. Rental affordability and availability drive the youth homelessness crisis. The average house price has gone from $350,000 to $730,000…
May 24, 2023

Eureka Clubhouse Woodwork

In January 2023, Eureka Clubhouse started a woodworking workshop. From what just started as a good idea, eventually we collected donated tools and wood from various organisations and generous individuals.…
March 15, 2023

Mentally Healthy as Anything

Eureka Clubhouse in Florence Street Moonah, set a new high standard in mental health support last Friday with the first rehearsal session for the Clubhouse’s new band, Mentally Healthy as…
February 15, 2023

Community Christmas Lunch 2022

Our Christmas Lunch is about companionship, support, collaboration and inclusion. Last year, our Community Christmas Lunch turned 40! 40 years, our community has been working alongside businesses and volunteers to…
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November 10, 2022

Hannah’s Story

Hannah breaks into a bright smile when she talks about her job and having a safe, secure home of her own. It is a very different picture to the one…
March 3, 2021

Community Christmas Lunch 2020

2020 was a year to reassess, adapt and work more collaboratively than ever before. The uncertainties and unknowns of a Christmas Lunch Event on a pick-up and delivery basis taught…